[Behind the Beat] Josef Bamba Discusses Career and His Newest Tropical House Remix
Not many DJs get to headline Pacha Ibiza early in their careers, but Josef Bamba set himself apart from the pack. A Norwegian electronic music producer, Josef Bamba‘s music spans both house and pop. We were able to chat with him about his career and his latest release, a “Tempted to Touch” remix. You’ll be hearing more from Josef Bamba in the future, so keep reading to learn more about him!
What type of music did you listen to growing up, and how did you come to love dance music?
Growing up I listened to all types of music, as my father is from West Africa, so I was introduced to African styles at a very young age. As I got older Hip Hop/RnB and electronic music became a bigger part of my life. I remember the first artist album I bought by myself, it was Daft Punk‘s “Discovery”. They have been a huge part of the electronic music of my early days, and also Prodigy was something I listened to. Later I went to a concert with Tiesto at Roskilde in 2007 and then SHM at The Dark Forest in 2009. At the same time I really loved Metallica.
You recently released a cover of Rupee’s 2004 hit, “Tempted to Touch” – what made you decide to make a cover of this song?
The actual decision on which song to cover was more a result of good timing and summer vibes. Late August last year I was in Greece on vacation with one of my best friends, and we were sitting at the hotel balcony drinking beer in the sun listening to old music and favorites from when we were young. It was our first vacation together for years, so we were talking about the good old days. At that time, I already had in my mind to do a cover after the summer. There were so many exciting covers trending at the moment, so I had wanted to do one myself for some time!
After I got home I looked through all these old tracks again. Called my best friend, and told him:
“Ok, let’s think thru these type of tracks. I have a special rhythm in mind, and we like a lot of the same oldies.” We almost instantly decided on ‘Tempted to Touch’.
Your music has evolved over the years and spans several genres. How do you classify the music you produce now?
My music has been evolving with the music genre peaks during the past years and also with the type of music that I have been wanting to play in my sets. So, I would classify the music I produce now as a crossover between different house styles and pop/dance. What I think is really fun now is that you can actually play whatever genre you feel like in your sets, and that is something you see almost everywhere.
You’ve DJed at Pacha Ibiza, one of the most famous clubs in the world. Tell us about that experience! It must have been incredible.
To play at Pacha Ibiza was a huge milestone for me. First time I played there was a Friday, during a winter holiday. I was very nervous, but I had the whole set prepared – and it went well. It was an amazing feeling to take over the decks for the first time in that super club. The energy inside gave me serious goose bumps, and I have some of my best club memories from Pacha.
Do you have any other specific goals for your career as far as venues or festivals you’d like to play one day?
I always strive to stay ahead as a DJ, and do what I can to become a better producer and technical DJ. I would of course love to play at big festivals like Tomorrowland, Ultra and Coachella, which would be my most specific goals in terms of career. Venue wise I think Las Vegas has some exciting clubs I would like to play at.
What do you like to do when not working on your music?
I’m very fond of my friends and my family, and I try to spend as much time with them as possible.
What projects are you working on now? What can fans expect from Josef Bamba in 2017?
I’ve started to work on a follow up to ‘Tempted to Touch’ and also some more clubby deep/future house music.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
I’m from a town popularly known as ‘Paris of the North’
Is there anyone you’d like to give a shout out to?
I would like to give a shoutout to the LA based singer and songwriter Nick Wells who did a great job on the cover of this vocal!
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